Shelburne Cop-Stop Controversy Goes Global With Coverage by CNN, HuffPo and Japan's Fuji TV | Off Message

Shelburne Cop-Stop Controversy Goes Global With Coverage by CNN, HuffPo and Japan's Fuji TV

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Artist and writer Rod MacIver is probably wishing his artwork was half as popular as the saga of his traffic stop in Shelburne.

The cruiser-cam video that led MacIver, 56, to challenge the bogus ticket he received last December for running a red light just topped 200,000 hits on YouTube

MacIver's story — first reported by Seven Days' Charles Eichacker on July 25 — has spread, too. Earlier this week, CNN's Jeanne Moos — famous for her quirky, first-person pieces on news oddities — did one on MacIver's legal showdown with the Shelburne PD.

The story also got some ink, er, pixels, from the Huffington Post

On Wednesday, MacIver was interviewed via Skype for Japan's Fuji TV's "Tokudane," a morning news program similar to "The Today Show" or "Good Morning America." The show, which airs daily across Japan from 8 to 10 a.m., is consistently the highest rated show at that time, with an estimated 8-10 million viewers.

Shelburne Officer Jason Lawton won't likely be visiting Tokyo anytime soon.